Between Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments in a Rational Sentencing System by Norval MorrisBetween Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments in a Rational Sentencing System by Norval Morris

Between Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments in a Rational Sentencing System

byNorval Morris, Michael Tonry

Paperback | August 1, 1994

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Across the country prisons are jammed to capacity and, in extreme cases, barges and mobile homes are used to stem the overflow. Probation officers in some cities have caseloads of 200 and more--hardly a manageable number of offenders to track and supervise. And with about one million people inprison and jail, and two and a half million on probation, it is clear we are experiencing a crisis in our penal system. In Between Prison and Probation, Norval Morris and Michael Tonry, two of the nation's leading criminologists, offer an important and timely strategy for alleviating these problems. They argue that our overwhelmed corrections system cannot cope with the flow of convicted offenders because thetwo extremes of punishment--imprisonment and probation--are both used excessively, with a near-vacuum of useful punishments in between. Morris and Tonry propose instead a comprehensive program that relies on a range of punishment including fines and other financial sanctions, community service,house arrest, intensive probation, closely supervised treatment programs for drugs, alcohol and mental illness, and electronic monitoring of movement. Used in rational combinations, these "intermediate" punishments would better serve the community than our present polarized choice. Seriousconsideration of these punishments has been hindered by the widespread perception that they are therapeutic rather than punitive. The reality, however, Morris and Tonry argue, "is that the American criminal justice system is both too severe and too lenient--almost randomly." Systematicallyimplemented and rigorously enforced, intermediate punishments can "better and more economically serve the community, the victim, and the criminal than the prison terms and probation orders they supplant." Between Prison and Probation goes beyond mere advocacy of an increasing use of intermediate punishments; the book also addresses the difficult task of fitting these punishments into a comprehensive, fair and community-protective sentencing system.
Norval Morris is Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Chicago and the author of ten books on criminology. Michael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School. Together they edit Crime and Justice--A Review of Research.
Title:Between Prison and Probation: Intermediate Punishments in a Rational Sentencing SystemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.99 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195071382

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"A sophisticated and imaginative plea for establishing a range of alternatives to prison....We should be considering alternatives to incarceration of the kind recommended by Norval Morris and Michael Tonry."--The New York Review of Books